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Graeme Obree Looks to Break Human-Powered Speed Record with Bike Made from Recycled Materials

Graeme Obree Looks to Break Human-Powered Speed Record with Bike Made from Recycled Materials

Scottish racing cyclist Graeme Obree has made modifications to his supine recumbent, which is made from recycled materials, in a bid to break the human-powered land speed record. Obree made the bike,

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RCA Students Design a Recycled Paper Bike Helmet Strong Enough to Save Your Life

RCA Students Design a Recycled Paper Bike Helmet Strong Enough to Save Your Life

Unbelievable as it sounds, a team of designers has created a strong, durable bike helmet that is made entirely from recycled paper! Royal College of Art students Tom Gottelier, Bobby

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Studio Swine Creates a Gorgeous Cactus-Shaped Lamp Using Discarded Bottles and LEDs

Studio Swine Creates a Gorgeous Cactus-Shaped Lamp Using Discarded Bottles and LEDs

The Standing Light, from the São Paulo Collection by Studio Swine, is a luxury design series created with waste materials collected from the city streets of São Paulo, Brazil. Inspired by the tropical

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Pedro Reyes Creates an Orchestra of Mechanical Instruments from Upcycled Mexican Weapons

Pedro Reyes Creates an Orchestra of Mechanical Instruments from Upcycled Mexican Weapons

This isn't the first time that Pedro Reyes has made music from former weapons. Reyes’ first collection, Imagine, involved transforming 6,700 guns seized by the Mexican government and transformed them

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CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

Brown and Wayne's CLOUD in Calgary was an illuminating temporary installation where visitors could pull on cords to turn CFL lights on and off. The playful light exhibit was made up of 6,000 upcycled

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged - all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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5 Handy Tips to Keep In Mind When Looking for Green Furniture

5 Handy Tips to Keep In Mind When Looking for Green Furniture

Kermit the frog was wrong—it is easy being green. These days being green is a big deal. Our society has been wasteful and environmentally irresponsible for a long time. Realizing that the earth

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Paul Heijnen’s Inside-Out Construction Cabinet Exposes the Inner Workings of Furniture

Paul Heijnen’s Inside-Out Construction Cabinet Exposes the Inner Workings of Furniture

Design Academy of Eindhoven graduate Paul Heijnen's Construction Cabinet wears its hinges and supports on the outside, exposing the beauty of mechanisms that are usually concealed. The inside-out double

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Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

The goal of the project was to re-purpose the existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot. Rather than just tearing the shed down and getting rid of it, Raffaello Rosselli recycled the original

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PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

Upon arriving, it's difficult to believe that you're still in Buenos Aires. But it takes just 1 hour by train, 45 minutes by boat, and a short 5 minute walk through a green tunnel, you'll find yourself

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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic Bag photo via Shutterstock Following in the footsteps of San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities around the world, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban single-use plastic bags.

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Iconic Verbier Ski Gondolas Repurposed into Stunning Shelters to be Auctioned for Charity

Iconic Verbier Ski Gondolas Repurposed into Stunning Shelters to be Auctioned for Charity

Designers included in this inspiring project include Adrien Rovero, who designed a mint green four-seater rocking chair, Atelier Oï, whose white gondola is topped by what looks like a giant jelly fish,

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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8 Funky Backyard Tiny Sheds Shortlisted for the UK’s 2013 Shed of the Year Competition

8 Funky Backyard Tiny Sheds Shortlisted for the UK’s 2013 Shed of the Year Competition

Founded by Uncle Wilco, the Shed of the Year competition acknowledges a crucial aspect of the United Kingdom's culture. But these days, it's no longer satisfactory to have a small block room with a bunch

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Mark Reigelman’s Reading Nest in Cleveland is Built From 10,000 Discarded Wood Boards

Mark Reigelman’s Reading Nest in Cleveland is Built From 10,000 Discarded Wood Boards

Visually, the installation resembles both a forest and fowl. It symbolizes growth through knowledge and is designed as a fresh interpretation of the Griffin sculptures which can often be seen at the

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Fontegris Turns Industrial Molds Salvaged From French Factories Into Beautiful Furnishings

Fontegris Turns Industrial Molds Salvaged From French Factories Into Beautiful Furnishings

Fontegrise salvages old industrial molds from French factories and uses them to create beautiful industrial-chic tables, shelves, and stools. The brand was created by a team of young designers and

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Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Located on a hill at the highest point of Santiago de Chile's Parque Araucano, the two yellow cubes are surrounded by native trees and wildlife. In order to access them, people have to use a series of

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Coke’s New Ice Bottle Keeps Drinks Cool and Melts Away With No Waste

Coke’s New Ice Bottle Keeps Drinks Cool and Melts Away With No Waste

Coca Cola just launched a new bottle that's as cool as ice. The soda megabrand is offering Coke to its Colombian market, served in a chilled bottle made of ice. Once your ice-cold beverage is consumed,

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Vinylize Recycles Old Vinyl Records into Stylin’ Glasses

Vinylize Recycles Old Vinyl Records into Stylin’ Glasses

Budapest-based Vinylize has created a sharp set of eyewear made from recycled vinyl records. The company uses a laser cutter to craft old records into chic eyewear for ladies and gents, and even the

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Chris Hough’s Biodegradable Speakers Are Made from Nutshells and Reclaimed Newspaper

Chris Hough’s Biodegradable Speakers Are Made from Nutshells and Reclaimed Newspaper

Designer Chris Hough created this set of biodegradable, portable speakers using only waste and reclaimed materials. Made up of a combination of nutshells and waste newspaper, the speakers are strong,

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City Form Lab Unveils Curved, Recyclable Library Pavilion for Singapore Students

City Form Lab Unveils Curved, Recyclable Library Pavilion for Singapore Students

City Form Lab is know for using mathematical formulations to  create structures that require minimal materials, but are structurally sound. SUTD’s pavilion uses a catenary curve formula to create a

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6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

Raindrop-Shaped Treetents by Dré Wapenaar These dewdrop-shaped Treetents by Dutch sculptor and designer Dré Wapenaar were originally created to make life a little more comfortable for tree-sitting

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Gorgeous Farfalla Chandelier with Recycled Fabric

DIY: Learn How to Make a Gorgeous Farfalla Chandelier with Recycled Fabric

To promote the value of turning garbage into something valuable, artist and designer Francis Sollano transformed discarded nursing uniforms into a spectacular chandelier he's called 'Farfalla' (aka

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Studio Andrew Todd Unveils Plans for Circular Theater Made from Recycled Paper

Studio Andrew Todd Unveils Plans for Circular Theater Made from Recycled Paper

The bales of recycled paper used to construct Studio Andrew Todd's theater will consist of old magazines, newspapers and office paper. The colorful bales will be stacked and assembled in a circular form

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Glass Lab Turns Waste From Local London Businesses Into Beautiful Recycled Products

Glass Lab Turns Waste From Local London Businesses Into Beautiful Recycled Products

Glass Lab is a system for collecting and processing waste glass from small businesses in London. Developed by Royal College of Art student Diana Simpson Hernandez, Glass Lab collects glass waste for free

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6 of the World’s Top Green Playgrounds

6 of the World’s Top Green Playgrounds

School's out for summer, and kids are hitting the swings, seesaw and slide at parks all around the country. While there are plenty of generic playgrounds for kids to choose from, there are also a bunch of

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Vasileios Roumeliotis Transforms an Old Bike Wheel Into a Beautiful LED Lamp

Vasileios Roumeliotis Transforms an Old Bike Wheel Into a Beautiful LED Lamp

Vasileios Roumeliotis transformed an old bike tire into this beautiful Wheel Light for Roumelight. This lamp is made from a recycled bicycle wheel set on a black glass surface which acts as a canvas,

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Our Favorite Green Products from NeoCon 2013

Our Favorite Green Products from NeoCon 2013

Marking its 45th year, NeoCon returned to Chicago this week as North America's largest contract furnishings trade show. Filling sixteen floors of the mammoth Merchandise Mart, architects and designer from

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Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Photo via Shutterstock Rainforest Connection is an online system that was developed to inform park rangers protecting rainforests of illegal deforestation activities. The platform fits discarded

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Jozef Mrva Creates Spooky Shamanic Masks with Recycled Cardboard

Jozef Mrva Creates Spooky Shamanic Masks with Recycled Cardboard

Nietzsche-influenced freethinker and artist Jozef Mrva sees his work as an experiment in ritualistic expression. His recycled cardboard masks take after animals and invite people to immerse themselves

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